Kit Opérette

A play that you play

Singing, dancing, laughter and glamour: the 19th century operetta was the ancestor to today’s musicals. Kit Opérette, a modern take on the classic form, invites visitors to don the costume and persona of larger than life characters on an interactive stage.

Temporary Installation at Gaîté Lyrique

Paris, France — 2012

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Play the Operetta

Kit Opérette is a five-act play which tells the love story of two birds separated by a fierce storm, who finally reunite and celebrate inside a giant cake. On stage, interactive objects invite the public to tell a character’s story. On the walls, a 360° projection sets an immersive scene. Let the show begin!

A bird, a skirt, two umbrellas, a pair of wings, a ping pong table and a mysterious box.

Play a Role

Players trigger and control different vocal motifs by interacting with the objects. Each interaction offers a different mode of participation in the show; get glam by putting on a costume; sporty by playing table tennis; or understated and mysterious by simply opening up a strange box at the right time.

The music from Kit Opérette was composed in collaboration with the talented songwriter Krista L.L. Muir. Each song was written to evolve according to public interaction.

©Gaité Lyrique

Bringing a Flamboyant Past to Life

The project was commissioned by La Gaîté lyrique for the Play Along event. It was inspired by the flamboyant past of the building, formerly known as Paris’ great operetta theatre.

Credits

    • A Project by Daily tous les jours
    • Kit Operette was commissioned by La Gaîté Lyrique for the event Play Along.
  • Creative Direction
    • Mouna Andraos
    • Melissa Mongiat
  • Special Sauce 
    • Nicolas Fonseca
  • Original Music Composition and Performance
    • Krista L.L. Muir
  • Visuals 
    • Baillat Cardell et Fils
  • Technology Direction
    • Eva Schindling 
  • Object Design
    • Amélie Bilodeau
  • Sound Design
    • David Drury
  • Costumes
    • Patricia McNeil Duy
  • Backup Singers
    • Daniel Saint-Gelais
    • Ayleen Nunnerley
    • Manau
  • Sound Engineer
    • Vin Music
  • Creative Technology
    • Michael Baker
  • Programming
    • Jérôme Tuncer
  • Design 
    • Elsa Carenzo
    • Jonathan Nesci
    • Serina Tarkhanian
  • Precious Hands
    • Caroline Bergeron
    • Dylan Driscoll
    • Patrick McDowall
    • Helena Maria Stoodley
  • Filming
    • Emeric Adrian
  • Editing
    • Geoffrey Boulangé
  • Thank you
    • To the curators: Lynn Hughes, Heather Kelley, Cindy Poremba and the team at La Gaîté lyrique. Sylvain Racine, Charles Perron, Robocut and all of you dancing beta testers.
  • Powered with the help of

    • MaxMSP
    • Arduino

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